We are confused, when we are little?
We take things, without seeking permission.
We tell lies.
We maybe hurtful.
We may be cruel and unkind.
We may throw stones at an animal.
We feel that we do no wrong.
We do not know the difference between right and wrong.
Who are these people who guide us and enable us?
They are our parents, siblings, relatives, teachers and so on. They give us love and affection and are our role models.
As we become older, we seek other mentors. Many Gurus are blessed, like Ramanna Maharishi who did not have a guru. We are confused about our perceptions and sometimes we are running like gazelles in a forest. Now many questions come up and we do not know the answers.
Glimpses of light
Some of us do not know what we want. We are hurtling through life, finding explanations. Then we may take up Yogic Sadhanas. But we are still in a crowded forest of confusion and self-doubts. We see glimpses of light; we feel good and then our lives again become chaotic and muddled. We are still unaware of what is missing in our lives. Some of us continue with our practice, we find that we are in harmony with ourselves and the universe. However, there is an emptiness, a void within us and some of us are uneasy about it.
One day we may pick up a book and read about a spiritual guide, or watch a YouTube, maybe now we will say Spiritual Influencer. Then we find our Guru. It is like one is taken out of an Umbra. What is an Umbra, it is a completely dark area on the earth caused by the moon. It is the innermost and darkest part of a shadow, where the light is completely blocked by the occluding body. When we experience our Guru, we are on the path of transformation.
We have to remember that our Guru is not a God. S/he has clay feet and we all are blessed with wisdom and discernment.
Aim Hrim Klim